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Staying at Brukenthal Summer Palace in Transylvania

Just imagine! 18th century. An enchanting palace in Transylvania at the foothill of Făgăraş Mountains; A palace inspired by Viennese architecture and a ballroom that hosted parties that all high society of the time attended. Glamour, power, beauty, elegance, stunning gardens and good music. This were the glorious moments of Brukenthal Summer Palace. Of course, this was in the 18th century, but the palace still remains today and we had the opportunity to spend a night here after 250 years of history. Let me tell you a little bit about this place. Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig was the former summer residence of Baron von Brukenthal, who was the famous governor of Transylvania two centuries ago, It was designed in Baroque style of the era between 1760-1764. The domain of Avrig includes the palace, the park and the orangery building, now arranged as a restaurant, event room, and hotel. The Palace It…

10 Things that you probability didn’t know about the Danube Delta

In Danube Delta, reed stretches on over 1,750 square km making it the largest compact reed area in the world. Here you can find the lowest population density in Romania. A person for each 300,000 square meters. Sulina is situated at the lowest altitude in Romania. Also, Sulina is the only city in Romania having ports on both the Danube and Black Sea. In Danube Delta two carnivorous plants can be found: Utricularia vulgaris and Aldrovanda. Danube Delta is the richest fishery in Romania. The fish species with the longest migration range can be found here. Eel fish travel 8000 km to the Sargasso Sea, where they reproduce and then die. The only sand forests in Romania are found in the Danube Delta. In Cararoman forest there is a 400 old oak. Danube is the second longest river in Europe (after Volga that is 3690 kilometers long). Given that Volga is…

A day in the Romanian Danube Delta | From Tulcea to Mila 23 village

After a talk with our friends, we decided to go to the Danube Delta, for a weekend. The first offer we got was quite expensive. Luckily Laura, our friend found an offer that delighted us in every aspect. Discover the Danube Delta (descoperadeltadunarii.ro) is a team of enthusiasts who strive to show the world the beautiful face of the Delta: wild, mysterious, lively, quiet but still agitated. They organize all kinds of tours, sightseeing expeditions, photography or filming tours and kayak exploring tours all over the Delta, in any season and in all weather. We chose the One Day Delta trip, departing from Tulcea to Mila 23 village and back. The price was about 31 Euro.So we left Bucharest early in the morning and after a 3 hour drive, at 10.00 am, we were already in Port Aval Tulcea, eager to embark on our new adventure. It was not long…

Viscri – The Transylvanian village that charmed Prince Charles

Deep in the heart of Transylvania lies a village, a village lost in time where life is lived like in the old days. The name of this village is Viscri and it went directly to the heard of Price Charles of Wales. This summer we decided to stay in Viscri for one weekend. One weekend in a medieval village that lays in the middle of Romania, in Transylvania, rounded by green hills, meadows, beech and oak forests just like in a fairy-tale. The history of this village goes back in time to 1231 when Germanic refugees settled here and formed a small village, around a fortified church. The main activity of the peasants was agriculture. The beauty of this place, untouched nature, traditions and people that still live here like in the old days, make anyone fall in love with this place How to reach Viscri Being a small village in…

Nedeea Valceana – Brutally Beautiful

There is a place in Romania where nature has managed to stay unspoiled by civilization, where a whirling river is flowing through spectacular gorges, and its banks boast with centuries-old churches and many spas. The Olt Valley is one of the most spectacular and beautiful areas in Romania, between Căpăţânii, Lotru and Făgăraş mountains. Not far from Olt River there is a medieval village called Odai (Chambers) –  where you can only walk or ride. In the Early Middle Ages because of the many invaders, and also because the narrow valley of the Olt did not allow enough agricultural land for the people, the locals from this region climbed into the Lotru mountains. Here, in the heart of the mountain, at over 800 meters altitude, on all the slopes that had a southern opening to the sunlight, people established the small village called Odai. The village’s name identifies with his…

Gura Portiţei – a piece of heaven in Danube Delta 

Although I visited a huge part of Romania, I have never reached Gura Portiţei. This area consists of more fishing villages lived by Lipovans. What are Lipovans? Lipovans are mostly Russians who settled in the Danube area, in Romania. They migrated from Russia in the 18th century, when the Patriarch Nikon changed the Russian Orthodox Church rules in 1652. They refused the new changes and carried on worshiping in the “old ways”. In that sense, they continued to speak Old Russian language, kept their beards and worship ideas. The Russian government and the Orthodox Church persecuted them, and as a result, some committed suicide by burning themselves, and many other being forced to emigrate. They settled along the Prut River in Moldavia and in the Danube Delta. They have maintained strong religious traditions of the Old Russian Orthodox Church. How do they look like? They are tall, bony with long beards, light eyebrows and cold blue…

Romanian Road Trip from Bucharest to Maramures

At first glance, you might think that Romania doesn’t have too much to offer. This was my first thought too, and then I started to discover little by little this amazing country. This year, for the 1st of May break, we decided to go to Maramures. If you are looking for a vacation where you can experience the Authentic, Natural and Cultural, then this is the right choice. A trip to Romania can for sure offer you countless unique travel experiences, ones maybe forgotten in Western Europe. Especially, because you can have beautiful road tfrom the  Unique Danube Delta to a beautiful, intact, medieval town in Transylvania; from Bucharest to the Black Sea with its sun-kissed beaches; from Southern Transylvania to  Bucovina or Maramures. Or to a step back in time as you visit one of the world’s famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, the ancient, hilltop citadel in Sighisoara or an…

Turda Salt Mine | One of the coolest underground places in the world

Salt has been known to be a valuable commodity that people used to kill for in the past. In those days only rich people would have salt on their table, as it used to be very expensive because it was brought from far away. Besides cuisine, salt is used in in medicine, cosmetics and much more. In Romania there are many salt mines. Some of them are still active, some are closed for mining but used as treatment centers and museums.Turda Salt Mine is the most famous one. It is placed in Turda city, not far from Cluj-Napoca, in the north-east of Romania. This mine is very old. The digging was started by the Romans. Since the 13th century till 1932 the mine was active. Between 1932 and 1992 it was closed, and when it was reopened to the public for visits and for medical purposes: the air in the…

Corund | The village of old crafts

The third day of our Romanian Road Trip came up and found us in western Harghita County, in the city of Praid, famous for its salt mine. After a morning visit in the salt mine, we went 11 km away, to Corund village. It is a national treasure and we were so impressed with the place and with the old crafts that we saw here. I discovered this place by coincidence when I was looking for interesting places to see close to Praid city.Anyway, once I found out about the village I called Zoltan Pal, which is the representative of Corund-Praid Protected Areas Custody, to help us visit the village and discover everything that it has to offer. And it offers a lot. You can find more things and tours in Corund here: https://www.korpa.ro/ro/ecoturism/promenada-la-corund/ and here: www.slowtours.travel.com There are many ways to discover the treasures of this amazing village but the…